Harvard co – owns this medical technology with Brigham & amp ; Women ’ s Hospital , Boston Children ’ s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ).
The minimally invasive device was developed by a team of bioengineers and clinicians led by Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ( SEAS ) professor Conor Walsh and doctoral student Ellen Roche .
It has been designed to repair holes in the heart and tissue defects in other organs by using flexible , deployable soft structures such as patches and eliminates the need for sutures or rigid products . < div class =” rightpullquote “>” The researchers hope that over time the device can help in offering lasting repair for certain organ defects , including a hole in the heart .” div > Walsh said : “ Ellen ’ s brilliant leadership of this project and the essential input of our engineering and clinical colleagues have resulted in the creation of a less invasive , less traumatic device that could really improve the way difficult tissue repairs are performed and , hopefully , reduce the need for procedures like open – heart surgery .”
The researchers hope that over time the device can help in offering lasting repair for certain organ defects , including a hole in the heart , without the challenges or risks associated with existing more invasive surgical procedures .